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Comment Re:The original netbooks were too small (Score 1) 243

That form factor is exactly what I want. The Eee 701 was about the size of two DVD cases stacked atop one another. That was perfect for virtually any messenger bag. I even made a tray to hang over the steering wheel I'd used when parked. That was before the saturation of smartphones and 4G, so I had several stops for where I could get free wi-fi. Even the 900 was only slightly larger, with MUCH more screen real estate. The 7" screen isn't particularly usable for current web design, but the 9" screen is still quite nice to me.

Comment Re:A second life? (Score 1) 243

I recently pulled my 701 out of the mothballs, mainly to do some writing in remote locations. The battery is toast, lasting about an hour, but otherwise it's still usable. It will take me some time to get used to the keyboard again, but I don't expect that will be much of an issue. I still have Tony Hawk 2 and some emulators installed on it, which all run great, along with AVI/MP4 playback off the SDHC card.

I've gotten into vehicle-dependent camping, and wanted a small computer I could use and abuse while in the middle of nowhere. The places I go have been well outside of the wireless coverage map, so I've had to devolve my entertainment methods somewhat. After all the years and miles it rode with me while it was in regular use, I know how durable it is, and I'm really looking forward to its new life as an adventure component.

I remember the 900 models, which had only a slightly larger shell and a much larger screen, but were otherwise comparable in performance and SSD capacity.

What model do you have that is 64-bit and able to run such a wide variety of operating systems?

Comment eBook piracy is only because of eBook prices (Score 1) 153

The demographic described in this story must be the most likely to comprehend that eBook prices don't make any damn sense. The publishers want $10-$15 for a text file. How is this justifiable? For many titles, that's the price for a hardback copy! A paper book is almost always cheaper than an eBook, but requires actual physical resources for creation and delivery, and has resale value.

Various providers have figured out how to eliminate piracy for music and movies. Is reading books just such a dead pastime that the market doesn't care to offer potential customers the convenience and price point that makes piracy stop making sense?

Comment This means I will be buying fewer games (Score 1) 120

I almost only buy games via codes. For example, I've been looking at the new Doom since before it came out, but $60 for a game is just too damn much to me. Snagged a code on eBay for $24. It was well worth that. I did the same thing with the Arkham series. The Steam store prices are ridiculous.

Comment Read up on the FairTax (Score 1) 917

The FairTax eliminates the IRS and embedded taxes while providing a prebate for all necessities up to the poverty level. Lots of other positive aspects as well. The only downside? It's revenue-neutral, meaning it won't immediately shrink government or our collective tax burden.

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